We haven’t had many opportunities to get dressed up this year, so Christmas is as good a reason as any to go for glamour – whether that’s via a glittery hair clip or a shimmering sequinned dress that will add sparkle to your social feeds. Whether you’ll be celebrating in person or via Zoom, stunning party dresses are a zero-fuss way to go from sofa to social without compromising on comfort. Look for relaxed shapes and stretch fabrics that can be dressed down for outdoors. Just add your favourite heels and a chic blazer, then get set to dance the night away.
With many of our holiday gatherings likely to be screen to screen rather than face to face, fancy on top and comfy on the bottom is the Zoom-friendly party outfit formula to dress by. A gorgeous Fair Isle sweater is festive but forever classic and, with all the pattern focused on the top half, they’re made for video calls. If, on the other hand, a party isn’t a party for you without a sprinkling of sparkle, we have sophisticated twinkly tops that feel special enough for every holiday party scenario but will have a life in your wardrobe beyond New Year’s Eve.
The key to a Zoom-friendly but future-proof outfit is to focus on the top half with items that marry luxe fabrics with classic designs. Take this tunic (coming soon): satin feels special and the polka-dot print combines impact with timeless style. Plisse fabric looks expensive and this dress feels fancy enough for kitchen discos but is relaxed enough for day-to-day wear. A single-breasted velvet blazer pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco, but looks just as good with a white T-shirt, vintage-wash jeans and sneakers.
Statement hair accessories, necklaces or earrings are a fuss-free and budget-friendly way to give your outfit a Zoom-ready upgrade. Miuccia Prada brought the headband back a couple of seasons ago and the Duchess of Cambridge has cemented its popularity – our knotted style comes in three chic shades including black. Add a touch of sparkle with diamante slides or glam up a plain tee with a chunky necklace. Pearls are forever classic and this great-value set includes hair slides and two pairs of earrings to switch up your look. Plus, they make fantastic gifts for the women in your life.
Words: Miranda Eason